A little bee action for a good cause

I was super excited to see a good friend start up a little Love Wins quilt bee online recently, and naturally, I jumped at the chance to make a block for the quilt. Our bee is full, but if you feel inspired to start one, gather your troops! Pull together some friends, or reach out via social media, and get your own group started!

I toyed with a couple of much beloved blocks for my Love Wins block, but ultimately, I decided I wanted to start something new. A new star, natch :) And here is what I came up with - the Love Wins Star.

This star will be a new pattern of mine before the month is through, and I'm excited at the possibilities with this one. It is intricate, as are most paper-pieced stars, but the pieces come together quite quickly, and the results are pretty awesome.

Stay tuned for a second blog post later this week with an actual quilt finish - imagine that! Have a super Monday, quilty friends :)

A wee house

Oh, it feels it's been eons since I made a bee block! I felt all kinds of rusty when I officially started working on my first bee block for the Wee Bee, a fun international bee filled with some great, super talented sewists. Our first queen bee is Cat of Cat + Vee, who requested a wee little house block.

I went with a really simple house, paper pieced, of course, with a cute little fussy cut window into a sewing room, from a print I got back during a Japanese fabric swap quite some time ago. I can't believe that I not only remembered that I had a print like that in my sewing room but that I was also able to find it, because the sewing room is a bit of a disaster area at the moment.

A wee house for Cat

This was a fun little block to sew up, and I can't wait to see all the other blocks Cat gets for this little quilt. If you want to see more of what we're stitching up in this bee, we've got a Flickr group right here and most of us are on Instagram as well using hashtag #theweebee . Tell me, are you in a quilting bee right now? Bees can be such fun with the right people, I've made lots of friends through online quilting bees like this one! Have a great weekend everyone :)

Odds and Ends

It's only a few days before Thanksgiving, and I feel like I'm already running around like a chicken with its head cut off. I feel scatter-brained, to say the least, even though I've got lists coming out my ears. Lists of cleaning to do before our guests arrive on Thursday, lists of Christmas presents that I've bought and where I've hidden them (as I'm known to completely lose gifts altogether once they're hidden), a list of last minute grocery items I know I will need to pick up tomorrow to ensure freshness, a list of my sewing projects so that when I have a moment or two of free time I can at least think about sewing), and so forth.

Lists, lists, and more lists!

My class on free motion quilting last week at Inspire went really, really well. I had a lot of fun with it, and I think my students did too! We talked about four different beginning styles of FMQ and did a lot of practicing. It felt really great to get to meet other quilters and to share my knowledge. I'm definitely looking forward to teaching again soon at Inspire.


When I got home from class, I got right to work on my last bee block of the year for Lee, with filled with scrumptious solids. Her quilt is going to be so gorgeous once she gets all of our blocks together, I can't wait to see it put together!

Bee block for Lee

It's been a long couple of days in my neck of the woods. If you don't follow on me Instagram, you probably don't know that last Thursday, I had to cart my family to the ER, as my husband was convinced he had appendicitis. He was in horrible pain, to the point where he could barely move. It was scary, but I tried to put on my game face, so my four-and-a-half year old wouldn't feel as scared as I did inside. Once he got to a room in the ER and the nurses and doctor started taking a look at him, it was evident that they thought he had a kidney stone. After some tests, the diagnosis was confirmed, and he was sent home with some prescriptions to make him more comfortable while he waited at home for the stone to pass. Five days later, still no progress. He's still in pain off and on, but I'm crossing my fingers that before Thursday morning he'll have that moment and feel much better.

Over the weekend, we went to our last soccer game of the season for the kiddo. They won their game and had a great time, and even got trophies afterward. He really enjoyed his first season of soccer, and I loved cheering him on. I have a feeling we'll be doing more soccer next year. He's home from school all week for Thanksgiving break, and so far, I've managed to not break my neck while navigating the living room floor, constantly covered in Legos. Knock on wood!

I volunteered to make something for the upcoming holiday silent auction at the kiddo's school - just some simple zipper pouches. I think I'm aiming to make a set of three, in varying sizes. I've pulled some fabrics that I think might be fun to use together and that would be appealing to the families at school. Next, I need to find some fabrics to use for the linings.

This pile wants to be some pouches when it grows up

And that's what's going on in my neck of the woods. How are you doing? Ready for Thanksgiving? Have a great day, and happy sewing :)

4x5 Blocks Fall Quarter

If only the post office were open today! It's a mail holiday today, but I am all ready to bring some bee blocks to the post office this morning. Oh well, it can wait until tomorrow. At least I can share with you guys!

For the 4x5 bee this quarter, I had a hard time coming up with a block I wanted to make, until I drafted a paper pieced star with a simple ring around it. I made my sample block in my colors, and it worked out perfectly, so I got to work, pulling the right scraps for the right people. Here's a rundown on how the blocks turned out...

4x5 block for me
block for: me
fabrics: Cosmo Cricket tape measure, Quilt Blocks, Simply Color Ikat Diamonds in Blue, Modern Meadow, Sophie, Dear Stella Basketweave, Katie Jump Rope, Summersault Pinwheel in Grass, Flea Market Fancy Eyelet in Green, Simply Color Ikat Diamonds in Green, Remix Argyle in Green

block for: Jenniffier
fabrics: Free Spirit Designer Essentials Houndstooth in Orange, Denyse Schmidt Aunt Edna, Khristian Howell's The Woodlands, Simply Color Ikat Diamonds in Orange, Oval Elements in Key Lime, Modern Whimsy, Ty Pennington, Prince Charming, Erin McMorris Weekends Hopscotch in Lime, Tufted Tweets, Sophie, Echino, Oval Elements in Cranberry, Terrain

block for: sewswithcharlie
fabrics: Echo Pebble Stripe, Hullabaloo Stripe Flowers, Hullabaloo Tonal Flowers, Vintage Modern Sky Swirls, Kate Spain's 12 Days of Christmas, Juicy Blossoms, Simply Color Ikat Diamonds in Aqua

block for: mochawildchild
fabrics: Metro Living Circles in Pewter, Simply Color Leafy Stripe in Eggplant, Simply Color Ikat Diamonds in Eggplant, Simply Color Sprigs in Eggplant, Simply Color Dotted Zig Zags in Eggplant, Michael Miller Ta Dot, Cosmo Cricket, Parson Gray, Treasures and Tidbits

block for: swedishfishie
fabrics: Free Spirit Designer Houndstooth in Violet, Shades of Grey Rag Tag, Heirloom Marquis Amethsyt, 1001 Peeps, Tufted Tweets, Aviary 2 Lodge Lattice in Purple

block for: creativesun
fabrics: Summersville Crosshatch, Tufted Tweets, Vintage Modern polka dot in red, Little Apples Argyle in Red, Modern Meadow Herringbone in Pond, Simply Color Ikat Diamonds in Aqua, Lilly Belle Moire in Aquamarine, 12 Days of Christmas in Aqua, Oval Elements in Papaya, Central Park Flowers, Amy Butler Lotus Full Moon Dot, Sandi Henderson Henna Garden in Pumpkin, Carolyn Gavin Wild Thyme, Juicy Blossoms, Simply Color Dotted Zig Zag in Orange, Simply Color Sprigs in Orange

These are definitely going to the post office tomorrow! The last day to mail for this quarter is in just under two weeks, on November 24th, so I'm happy to get them out a bit early. Next on my To Do list is a bee block for Lee, which happens to be my last bee block for the year! I cannot believe how quickly the end of the year is creeping up on us. It's Thanksgiving next week! I don't even want to know how many days there are until Christmas because I know the number will shock me. I better get to shopping soon! Have a wonderful Monday :)

Oh my stars!

Did you have a great weekend? I sure hope so. I had a great weekend, wrapping up a great visit with my husband's longest friend, who's practically like my brother-in-law. We had a super fun time with him, and we're sad to send him back to New York City this morning!


I did manage to sneak in a little bit of sewing in between trips to the science museum, bowling and other fun adventures, though... Stars are definitely a trend in quilting that seems to be here to stay, and I, for one, am very glad about that. I just finished up two different star blocks for two of the bees that I'm in, and I'm excited to get these out in the mail today.

The first block is for Megan in the {Sew} Beautiful Bee. Megan sent out some fun, brightly colored scraps along with Kona White for a Lone Starburst block. If this block looks familiar, it's probably because I made one of these last month for Brioni in my other bee. This block is a really straight-forward, simple paper pieced star, and I think the finished result is just so pretty!

Lone Starburst for Megan

This month's Sew Beautiful block is for AnneMarie, and she's requested an improv hexagon block, which is going to be interesting, since I've only sewn a handful of hexagons in my sewing life...

For the Stash Trad bee, I got to make a string star for Corey. I've been craving some string piecing, and this block definitely hit the spot. I used a Free Spirit Designer Solid in Flamingo for the coral solid strings, and I was pleasantly surprised at how perfectly it matched the color scheme Corey chose. I pulled from my overflowing strings bin for all of the other pieces, in various shades of coral, taupe, green, and aqua.

String Star for Corey

Seeing these two blocks together up on my design wall has me thinking that one day I might like to do a star sampler quilt, I think that would be really cool. I'll have to add that my seemingly neverending quilty bucket list!

Wouldn't these make a great star sampler?

Up next this week is finishing up my Swirling Medallion quilt and hopefully starting on some samples for my paper foundation piecing class with Lee for Sewing Summit! I hope you have a wonderful Monday :)

Scrappy goodness always makes me smile

Thanks everybody, for all the wonderful ideas and feedback about my desk troubles. My husband has constructed an extra support under the desk that seems to be helping quite a bit, so I think things are on the upswing on that front. I'll try to get a decent picture of the way things are now real soon. I've been sewing the last couple of days, trying to get caught up on a few projects that have snuck up on me, and I've actually got some things I can share for once, yay!!

I finished up this gorgeous block for Brioni, using this tutorial. I highly recommend it. Such a pretty finished block! I can't wait to see her start to put all of her blocks together, they're going to be so super pretty. I just love scrappy blocks like this!

Lone Starburst for Brioni

I also finished up quilting a quilt I can't share just yet, but I'm really happy with how the quilting turned out, and I can definitely show you that part! It was a lot of fun to work on, and it was a big relief to see that my new set-up really did make the quilting go much more smoothly, thanks to the large work surface.

Quilting - check!

It feels good to be spending some time with my sewing machine in between getting ready for school to get started up again. It's been a great summer, but I'm ready to get back into the swing of school again!

Twinkle twinkle

I had a lot of fun working on my second star block for Kati this weekend. Kati is working on a fabulous star sampler quilt, in grays and yellows. If you asked me a few years ago, before I fell in love with quilting, if I liked gray and yellow together, I probably would have laughed at you. And now? Head over heels. I adore these colors together, especially these golden yellows that Kati sent me to work with. I happen to be in two bees with Kati, so I got to work up two stars of my choosing for her. You saw my first star last week, and here is my second star!

Second star for Kati

I used the Florida Star block on Quilter's Cache, and I'm really happy with how it turned out. I love the way that this block looks when repeated, as demonstrated on the second page of the Quilter's Cache tutorial. I had a dreadful time, though, getting the templates to print at the correct size. It's entirely possible that it was just me, but ultimately, I had to save the templates and then open them in Photoshop to manipulate them to print correctly. After I got through that trouble, though, it was smooth sailing. This block is partly paper-pieced and partly regular pieced, and is fairly quick to put together.

Blocks for Kati

In other news, my munchkin finally seems to be kicking this virus he's been battling for the last week to the curb. I'm relieved that the munchkin is feeling better, so I can be relieved of my nurse duties for the week. He'll be heading to his first art class today, which I'm really excited about for him, since drawing is one of his big passions at the moment. Drawing, and playing dress-up. The latest addition to his dress-up box is a pirate eye patch, which he spent the weekend wearing. Fun stuff! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and have a great Monday!

A little weekend sewing

A little weekend sewing led to a finished bee block for Brooke.  She's working on a Mod Mosaic quilt, and each of our blocks uses a gradated color scheme.  My color was green, and I think I may have gone a bit overboard in both adding from my stash as well as in emphasizing the gradation.  I had fun working on it, but I'm worried I didn't do a good job following direction here.  I hope you like it, Brooke!!  If not, I'll try again!  :)

I also managed to make a boatload of tiny HSTs (thank you, Thangles!) that I'm thinking of using to border my NY Beauty mini. Still pondering on this one...


Hope you all had a good weekend!  Happy Monday!

January Bee Blocks

Phew, I'm glad to have my January bee blocks behind me now!  Between the deadline for the 4x5 Modern Quilt Bee and all of my other bees, there were a boatload of blocks to be made this month!  Definitely some gorgeous blocks in the mix this month.

I finished up Bree's fun polaroid block for String Me Along, using various photo-like scraps from my stash, including Mendocino,  Ruby Star Rising, It's a Hoot, Little Apples, and Peacock Lane.  I really adore this block, it is so cute!  Can't wait to see how the other blocks in the group turn out!

Polaroid block for Bree

For Cherie in the {Sew} Beautiful bee, I made a Carpenter's Star, using Cherie's tutorial.  The tutorial is really easy to follow, I definitely recommend it!  I really adore this block, I will definitely be saving the tutorial somewhere safe!

{Sew} Beautiful January block for Cherie

For Lynne in the Stash Trad bee, she asked for her eponymous block, the LynneBobSquarePants block, using Kona Charcoal for the background and brights for the prints.  This was my second go-round with Lynne's block, and I apparently read the directions better this time because the block came together much more easily, yay!

Stash Trad block for Lynne
And finally, for the 4x5 bee this quarter, I made weathervane blocks for everyone, and put together a simple tutorial for the block as well.  It was a really fun block to work on and experiment with fabric choices on!

4x5 blocks for Hive 12 - Q1

In other news, my Summer Sampler Plus quilt was featured on the Modern Quilt Guild's 100 Days of Modern Quilting yesterday, which was pretty exciting.  Definitely an honor to be featured over there!

Hope you're having a great week so far.  Happy Tuesday everyone :)

Linking up with Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story today, hop on over there to see some other fun sewing projects!

Fresh Poppy Design

October Bee Blocks

I spent some time this weekend working on getting some bee blocks done.  I'm normally the girl who likes to get bee blocks done at the beginning of the month, but between The Sewing Summit, writing a new bag tute, a travelling husband, and a munchkin who's starting to have a busy schedule, it's been a hairy couple of weeks and it's nearly the end of the month already.  Where did the time go???  I'm glad I took the time to get these taken care of, I'm looking forward to putting them in the mail on Monday.

This month, Becky is our quilter and she chose for us to do Lily's Quilts' LynneBobSquarePants block, which was fun to work on.  I've been wanting to try this block for a while, so it was nice to get to try it out...though, I made several mistakes along the way and had to rip out my stitches several times on the first block.  I think I was seriously lacking in caffeine when I worked on these blocks, because the tutorial is super easy to follow.  The fabrics for these blocks come from The Quilted Fish's new Delighted collection.

do.Good Stitches October blocks for the Bliss circle

{Sew} Beautiful Bee
Katie is working on a Christmas quilt and her fabric choices were great.  She sent a wonderful assortment of holiday fabrics and I decided to do a block with presents.  When it comes to the holidays, I'm one of those geeks who enjoys wrapping presents and buying cute wrapping paper and all that, so it just felt appropriate. I really enjoyed sketching out this block and putting it together, and I have to tell you...if you like this cute little block, I'll be sharing a tutorial for this one as a part of the 12 Days of Christmas Sampler blog hop next month, so stay tuned.

{Sew} Beautiful October block for Katie

String Me Along
This month, Sabrina asked for some simple paper-pieced string blocks, using some of Heather Bailey's Nicey Jane collection.  I had an especially rough day on the day I made these blocks and I found ripping the paper off the back to be super therapeutic.  It's funny, I have a bunch of Nicey Jane in my stash and I have a hard time finding the right project for it, but I really like how these string blocks look.  Hmm...perhaps a future project...

String Me Along October blocks 

I also made some progress on my baby quilts this weekend (okay, on one of them) and I'm hoping to share the process with you all tomorrow.  Have a great day!

September Bee Blocks

Phew, all caught up on my bee blocks for the month, that feels good.  Now maybe I can find some time to clean up my sewing room - looks like a hurricane came through there!!!

do.Good.Stitches September Bliss blocks

Carol is our quilter is month in the Bliss circle, and requested some string-pieced log cabin blocks.  I put off these blocks for a little while, thinking they would time-consuming, but they really weren't.  I made a big piece of string-pieced fabric to cut log cabin strips from, and it went really smoothly.  These blocks will be really interesting when they're all put together.  The color scheme is inspired by Cherri House's City Park quilt.

{Sew} Beautiful block for AnneMarie

{Sew} Beautiful
AnneMarie is our queen bee this month, and she sent out a fabulous assortment of Bonnie & Camille's Ruby and Bliss collections to make a Dutch Pinwheel block for her.  I'm not normally a big fan of muted soft colors like these, but this block really looks lovely.  The tutorial is also super easy to follow, I definitely recommend it!

String Me Along September block

String Me Along
A while back, Sharon was lucky enough to win my SMS Giveaway Day drawing for a collection of Soul Blossoms fat-eights, and she chose to send those out, along with some white fabric, for an HST block.  Yes, I know I said I was done with HSTs, after my monstrous HST warm/cool quilt, but I didn't mind having two bee blocks this month with HSTs, really.  I went with a simple diamond layout, much like my warm/cool quilt, and I hope Sharon will dig it.

Now all I need to do is pack these babies up and get them out in the mail.  I think it's quite possible that I might just find the motivation to go back to working on my Weekender bag now!  What about you?  What are you stitching up this weekend?

Busy as a bee

It was a quilty kind of weekend at my house - I finished a couple of Farmer's Wife blocks you'll see tomorrow, some bee blocks, and did some quilty designing, mainly thanks to two late nights in front of my sewing machine.  Here's a quickie rundown...

do.Good.Stitches blocks for the Love circle
I filled in for Kate of Needle & Spatula this month, who's in the midst of a big move, and Ara Jane asked for some improv blocks using yellow, brown, pink and khaki.  I was surprised to find a serious lack of browns in my stash, but I found a few and made it work.  I didn't expect to really dig this color palette, since I'm not much of a brown person, but I really like these blocks, and moreover, I like these colors together now that I see them in a block.



do.Good.Stitches blocks for the Bliss circle
Would you believe I've never done a Dutchman's Puzzle block before?  These were my first two.  Michelle is our quilter this month and asked for two red, white, and blue Dutchman's Puzzle blocks.  The tutorial she linked was a breeze to follow, I highly recommend it!


For the Love of Solids swap
So, I spent some time with my sketchbook and then later with my computer, trying to put a few ideas together.  I then realized that I was kind of designing to my own tastes, and while I think my partner and I have a few things in common, I figured that I ought to see if I could get her opinion in the Flickr group.  I'm really happy with a lot of these, and I suspect I might wind up making some kind of variation of all of them at some point, I like them so much.  Do you have a favorite?

Talk to me, partner

I have a question for you, blog followers...do you buy quilt patterns?  I ask because I might (or might not) be working on a pattern at the moment, but it's a bit more involved than my free tutorials, so I'm not entirely sure what I'm going to do with it yet.  I'd love to hear from you guys on this!

Did you do any stitching this weekend?  Or were you busy outside in the blistering heat?   Either way, I hope you had a great weekend!

It was a blocky kind of weekend

This weekend's sewing consisted of a lot of blocks.  It felt really good to check a few things off my To Sew list, and I'm really happy with these results, too.

I worked on my blocks for my beehive girls in the 4x5 Modern Quilt Bee. One of them my husband loves so much that he wants me to do a whole quilt inspired by the color palette - it's the one at the bottom right. I'm hoping to pack these up and get them out in the mail this week so I can really check this project off my list.

4x5 Blocks

I also got caught up on the Summer Sampler this weekend, and I really adore one of the blocks.  I'm not real happy with my fabric choices on the other one.  I really dig the Lucky Pieces block, it is definitely a block I would do again.  The Minnesota Block (on the right) has a real interesting history, and I love Lee's take on it, but I'm not loving the fabrics I used for the paper pieced diamonds.

Two more Summer Sampler blocks!

While most of my sewing went really smoothly, I did manage to foul a few things up with these blocks...did you notice on the Summer Sampler blocks? Look again...I'll give you a hint...it's the block on the right...

Oh yes, this is what happens when you hurry. Will I go back and fix the hourglasses so they all look the same? I'm not sure yet. Part of me thinks it adds character to the quilt, so we'll see.

Wonky Log Cabin for Kati

I love Kati right now - she sent out her August fabric for our {Sew} Beautiful bee early, so I took the opportunity to finish her August block before August began. She sent out a fabulous assortment of black and white prints with one pop of color - mine was green. She requested a wonky log cabin block with an improvisational feel to it, and not necessarily square, so I'm hoping I delivered. I had a lot of fun with this block. I really do dig log cabins, wonky or otherwise.

So, that's two whole projects off my list, and I am promising myself that I am not adding anything new this week!  Stay tuned tomorrow for my two Farmer's Wife blocks!

Summer Sampler Series: The week in which I cave in

Have you heard about the Summer Sampler series? I find it hard to resist a good quilt along, especially one hosted by several bloggers that I enjoy greatly, so I found myself caving in this to this quilt along, after polishing off my own this week. I decided that the logical thing to do was to use these 12 blocks to make the 4x5 Modern Quilt Bee quilt that I'm putting together even bigger. It's going to be a gift quilt this Christmas, and the bigger the better.

I'm using grays and blues, mainly in the turquoise and aqua families, for this quilt.  I had a lot of fun putting these first six blocks together, and am looking forward to the next six!  I did take a major shortcut on one of them, mainly because I'm putting together more than enough tiny HSTs for the FWQAL, but other than that, I've done the blocks as written...

Block #1: Star of Virginia

Block #1 - Star of Virginia
This block was a lot of fun to put together - the other sawtooth stars like this that I've put together have been a good bit smaller, so this was a fun one.  Fabrics include two prints from Jenean Morrison's Silent Cinema line and the blue print comes from the Victoria & Albert collection.

Block #2: Greek Cross

Block #2 - Greek Cross
I absolutely heart this block.  Might be one of my new personal favorite blocks.  Ridiculously easy to piece, yet so effective in design.  I've used two Konas here, Coal and Peacock, as well as four fun aqua prints, from Modern Workshop, Hullabaloo, Sanctuary, and Pick a Bunch.

Block #3: Mosaic

Block #3 - Mosaic
This block was a cool way of putting HSTs together in a way I hadn't thought of before.  I used Kona Lagoon, along with some prints from Silent Cinema, Modern Workshop, Pick a Bunch, and Sanctuary.

Block #4: Flowering Garden Path

Block #4 - Flower Garden Path adapated much like Rachel's
The idea of putting together a boatload of teeny-tiny HSTs just didn't sound like fun when I cut this block out, so I used some scraps from the previous blocks to make this one work.  Then, when I started catching up on my blog reading today, I realized Rachel and I did almost the same thing - you can check her blog for directions on how to adapt this block, if you're interested.

Block #5: Star

Block #5 - Star
It's possible that this block is my favorite so far, though I really love them all.  I haven't paper pieced much since my Circle of Geese block for Brooke a while back, and I was pleased to find that I wasn't too rusty.  Even if I were, Faith's instructions are impeccable and super straight-forward.  I highly recommend them!

Block #6: Arkansas Traveler

I really like this block.  I wish I'd used a different fabric for the background fabric on this one, just for a bit more contrast, but all in all, I'm real happy with this block.  The paper piecing here was easy to follow, and produced a super impressive looking block!

I'm a bit hard pressed to pick a favorite so far, but the munchkin is super excited about this quilt and has a favorite - the Star block.  The real reason he's excited is because I'm making it for someone who the munchkin absolutely adores.  He can't wait to see it finished, and wanted his picture taken with the blocks so far, so I thought I'd share the cuteness.  Happy sewing this weekend!

The munchkin with my blocks

July Bee Blocks

I got to work on some seriously fun blocks this month in the various quilting bees I'm in.  I finished up the last of them this weekend, despite Mr. Not Betsy experiencing a big fall while trimming our trees late in the weekend.  He's all right, fortunately, icing his shoulder and has taken to putting in his two cents with my sewing.  More on that tomorrow with my Farmer's Wife blocks, which have caused me to utter quite a few curses.

Lee's our queen bee in the String Me Along bee this month, so it was fun to get a great package of Central Park fabrics from her. She requested that we put together a simple Avignon picnic block, from this Moda Bake Shop tute. The irony is that I printed that very same pattern, when it first came out last year, and it was the first real quilt pattern I intended to follow. I never got around to it, but now I've at least used the directions I printed out over a year ago!

A fun block for Lee

I also worked on some hexagon blocks for the Bliss circle of do.Good.Stitches. Becky requested we put together some blocks using this tutorial, which was super easy to follow. My husband pointed out that they remind him of those nuclear symbols, with the alternating yellow and gray, but I think they look pretty cute. I enjoyed working on these blocks, I will definitely be bookmarking this tutorial and trying it again sometime!

July do.Good.Stitches blocks

Next, I worked on some classic sawtooth star blocks, in super bright, happy colors for another little mini-bee I'm helping out in. These were my first sawtooth stars, I've only done wonky stars prior to these ones. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I liked doing these straightforward stars. Once the quilt is finished and delivered, I'll share the rest of the super fun details from this one.

Sawtooth blocks for Michelle

The last block I worked on this month was for Megan, and it's quite possible that it was the most fun.  Have you seen the super fun x and + blocks sweeping across quilty blogland?  They are seriously addictive to make, and Megan sent along a great assortment of Innocent Crush make hers with, which made my mailbox a very pretty, happy place.  I apologize in advance for how cruddy my photo of this block is - the weather this last week here in Florida has been darn close to abysmal, with rain, rain, and more rain.  There's been little natural light for photography, and that's part of the reason why this photo stinks.  The other reason?  There was a three-year-old in the midst of having a tantrum at my feet when I took this photo.

Megan's X block for {Sew} Beautiful

What did you sew up this weekend?  Happy Monday to you!  I'm linking up with {Sew} Modern Monday this week.

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

June Bee Blocks

In between working on my Modern Crosses baby quilt this weekend, I spent some time working on bee blocks.  I just finished up the last of them last night, so I'm super happy to check three things off my To Sew list, which seems ever growing!

do.Good.Stitches blocks

Blocks for do.Good.Stitches Bliss circle - June

This month's quilter is my dear bloggy friend, Megan, and she chose a nice, bow-tie block.  I've been seeing a lot of these blocks popping up on Flickr lately, so I was excited to give them a try.  I really like how they came together, and Megan's tute is super easy to follow.  Also, in case you want to pop over to give her a quick congrats, she is the new social media coordinator for the upcoming Sewing Summit, so I'm super excited that I'll get to meet her in person in SLC this fall!!

{Sew} Beautiful block

Block for Cara

Cara is our queen bee this month, and is planning a quilt for for a baby in the NICU, and we are all making house blocks.  I have seen some seriously cute house blocks over the years...and I'm not 100% in love with mine.  I added a little Heather Ross doggie to add a little character to the house, and I'm considering adding some panes to the windows so they don't look so much like eyes, but other than that, I really like how this came together.  Cara sent some great fabrics to work with!

String Me Along block

Flying geese for Nichole

Nichole requested a simple flying geese block - but was very open-ended in what kind of flying geese she wanted.   I thought (momentarily) about doing another circle of geese block, but decided in the end to take the minimalist route.  These prints Nichole sent are from Denyse Schmidt's Hope Valley collection, something I have very little of in my stash, but every time I see it, I want some.  I love the small scale of the prints, it makes them so versatile.  This was my first time doing flying geese, and I think they turned out quite well - I was pleasantly surprised.

Birdie Stitches June block

Birdie Stitches June Block

I know that the Birdie Stitches BOM group isn't a bee, but I always think of it with my bee blocks, because I'm only doing one block per month.  This one was a little intense.  There's a ton of stitching.  I've seen this one interpreted a bunch of different ways throughout the Flickr group, but I'm a total typeface nerd, so I chose to do outlines of the different fonts Corey used.  I really like how this turned out, ultimately, it might just be my favorite block so far!

May Bee Blocks

I spent my Mother's Day weekend sewing.  Sewing bee blocks, to be exact.  It was wonderful!  Definitely the best Mother's Day gift I could have gotten, other than the beautiful handmade card my husband helped my son make.   I've got two quilts I need to focus on this week, so I wanted to get a few small projects checked off the To Sew list.

First, I worked on my Birdie Stitches block for May.  This one was the most tedious so far - lots of flowers to embroider on this one!  I like how it turned out, though, and I'm super pleased that the embroidery seems to be on the block straight for once.

Birdie Stitches - May block

Next, I worked on my do.Good.Stitches blocks for this month.  I enjoyed these blocks, they were very easy to put together.  We're using a tutorial from Hyacinth Quilt Designs for this month's blocks and focusing on light blues and greens for our color palette.

do.Good.Stitches May blocks - Block A

do.Good.Stitches May block - Block B

I saved my block for Angela in the {Sew} Beautiful Bee for last, this weekend. It was at least partly because I wasn't 100% sure about what I wanted to make for her.  Angela has given us complete creative control this month after sending out some gorgeous blue fabrics.  She was inspired by the modern sampler feel of this red & white stunner from Crazy Mom Quilts.  I ultimately adapted the Stashbuster block from Material Obsession 2: More Modern Quilts with Traditional Roots, and I'm really happy with how it turned out.  I've been wanting to try this block for a very long time, and I definitely like how it came together.  I sure hope Angela likes it too!  I love the fabrics she selected, they're so calm and soothing.  I cannot wait to see what kinds of blocks the rest of the group makes!

A blue block for Angela

Finally, I can leave you with a teeny-tiny sneak peek of something I'm sending in the mail today to our {Sew} Modern Monday hostess, Megan.  She and I are doing a little mini-quilt swap,and keeping what I made for her a secret is a serious challenge!  I can't wait to show you the rest after she gets it!

My first attempt at hand-quilting...

I'm linking up today with {Sew} Modern Monday.  Hop on over to see some other fantastic modern finishes!

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

The mojo is back with April's bee blocks!

While zippers may have challenged me this weekend, finishing up some bee blocks has brought back my sewing mojo!  I'm officially all caught up for the month, which is nice and refreshing, especially since it's my turn to be the queen bee next month in the String Me Along bee and I need to not only decide on some fabric but I also need to pick a block and get my packages ready to go!

First up, String Me Along's block for Fran - a simple bento box block, using Ashley's great tute, but skipping the cutting it up into quarters bit.  I've never worked with batiks before, so this was an interesting block to work on.

Next, this month's blocks for my do.Good.Stitches circle, the Bliss circle.   This month, we worked on blocks inspired by a swap Amanda received.  I really love simple patchwork like this.  I can't wait to see how this quilt turns out.  Did you know that our first quilt has officially been finished off?  You can check it out over on Michelle's blog.

Lastly, I worked on a seriously challenging paper pieced Circle of Geese block for Brooke in the {Sew} Beautiful Bee.  I practiced several times before deciding that I was psyching myself out, and I just went for it.  I'm glad I did, because once I started working on this, it went so much more smoothly than my practices!  I really love how this block looks.  Brooke picked some great fabrics here, and I'm glad to have conquered it.  I will definitely be making this block again for something - a pillow maybe?

And lastly, though it's not a bee block, rather a block of the month, I did finish off my Birdie Stitches block for this month.  I just love these blocks - between doing a little bit of embroidery and then being able to have a cute little coloring page for my son, who is just dying for this quilt to be finished!  

March Bee Blocks...and one hope-ful block

When I started typing this post, I actually typed February.  I still can't believe we're into the third month of 2011 already.  How is that possible???  Speaking of March, at the end of the month, I'll be hosting a check-in for those of you who joined in my 2011 quilty lists goals at the end of last year, to see how we're all doing, so mark your calendar!

I spent my Sunday working on bee blocks.  Since I'm the queen bee this month for {Sew} Beautiful, I'm kind of off the hook, but I do plan on making more spiderwebs so I can make this quilt as big as possible.  I don't have very far to send my block (tee hee), so I'll probably get to that at the end of the month.

For the Bliss circle of do.Good.Stitches this month, Carol, our quilter, chose a Moda Bake Shop tutorial for our blocks.  The block is a stacked coin style, and our color palette was fairly simple - bright and fun - based on Alexander Henry's June Bug line, which is filled with bright pinks, oranges, blues and greens.  These blocks were super easy to put together, so I would definitely recommend it.

And as for String Me Along, we're making blocks for Beth this month, drunk love style, but with very subtle wonkiness (if any).

Making this block definitely put me in the mood to get moving on my Margaret's Hope Chest quilt.  I had a lot of fun creating the fabric stack for this quilt, but I had even more fun doing this block.  I love the fabrics in this quilt, they're bright and fun.  This quilt will be going to Kayla, who will be turning 18, and I wanted to make something for her that won't be so young that it will feel outdated in a few years, but that still felt fresh and fun.  I'm liking how this is coming together so far...

I really like doing these drunk love blocks. I like the improvisational nature of them and I really love seeing bees work on these kinds of blocks.  Want to see what I mean?  Check out how Emily's drunk love quilt is coming together from {Sew} Beautiful.  I can't wait to see it all put together!

I'm linking up with Megan's {Sew} Modern Monday today.  Pop on over to see what everyone else is up to!

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

Block Party: Traditional Spiderweb Block

I've officially decided to ask the awesome ladies of the {Sew} Beautiful Bee next month to make me some spiderweb blocks.  I plan to sash them, so they look more like star blocks than spiderwebs.  I found a bunch of different tutes for this block, but ultimately, I went the paper piecing route, with an awesome tute at Quiltville.  It was super easy to follow, and I really enjoyed making this block.

I used up a bunch of Anna Maria Horner scraps and threw in a few Parisville strips for good measure.  I'm not sure what this block will be when it grows up, since I don't have anywhere near enough AMH scraps to do a whole quilt this way.  I can't seem to decide what colors I want to work with for my bee quilt, so this will wind up either turning into a pillow or a mini quilt.

I'm entering this block in QuiltStory's Block Party, in the Traditional category.  Go check it out, there is some serious inspiration over there!!

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